Detailed arrangements for Commonwealth sugar after the Commonwealth Sugar Agreement expires at the end of 1974 will be negotiated between the enlarged Community and the Commonwealth countries concerned, within the framework of the assurances already given by the Community.
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that he is being less than truthful in his answer? Meetings have already taken place between the Commonwealth sugar-producing countries and the EEC, and the Commonwealth countries are alarmed by the wide discrepancy between the attitude of the EEC in relation to their future and the statement made in this House by the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster following the negotiations. Will the right hon. Gentleman stop hoodwinking the Commonwealth countries and the British public on this matter?
The hon. Gentleman is under a misapprehension. It is true that Mauritius has recently completed negotiations with the EEC to accede to the present Yaoundé Convention, but that specifically excludes sugar, for which the arrangements are exactly the same as they were before.
Will my right hon. Friend read again President Pompidou's television broadcast of 11th April, in which he said:
Tomorrow Europe will be in a zone of privileged prosperity in the world.
Will my right hon. Friend bear that in mind and say that he equally wants Mauritius to be in a zone of prosperity in the world?
That is why we went to such enormous trouble—with, I thought, my hon. Friend's concurrence—to negotiate a settlement which was very favourable indeed to the Commonwealth sugar producers.